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Statistics Canada is committed to ensuring that Canadians have the key information on Canada's economy, society and environment that they require to function effectively as citizens and decision makers in a rapidly evolving world.

Fiscal year 2014/2015 was a year of significant accomplishments. Statistics Canada delivered relevant, timely and high-quality economic statistics, including estimates of gross domestic product, international merchandise trade, and inflation. Similarly, the Agency disseminated relevant, timely and high-quality social statistics covering a variety of topics, such as employment, income, health and education.

Accomplishments also included

  • a comprehensive review of the potential for administrative records (such as income tax records, employment insurance records, health records, and birth registrations) and other alternative data sources to replace, complement or supplement the Agency's programs
  • ongoing planning and initial implementation of the 2016 Census of Population and Census of Agriculture programs
  • completion of the Consumer Price Index Enhancement Project
  • evaluation of the existing environmental statistics program against the recently completed framework, and identification and prioritization of program gaps
  • delivery of major elements of the Corporate Business Architecture transformation projects, which aim to increase the efficiency, robustness and responsiveness of the Agency's organizational structure, business processes and business systems
  • significant investments in the redesign of major survey programs, including the Labour Force Survey and the Canadian Community Health Survey, to ensure their continued relevance and effectiveness
  • conversion of 60 business surveys to the new Integrated Business Statistics Program, which provides a common processing environment and makes electronic data collection the primary data collection method
  • development and testing of the Agency's New Dissemination Model
  • operation of the Open Data Portal on behalf of the Government of Canada
  • investments to facilitate Statistics Canada's integration into government-wide networks, shared data centres, telecommunications infrastructure and email solutions.

On behalf of all the employees of Statistics Canada, I thank Canadians for their continued support and invite them to visit the Agency website.

Wayne R. Smith
Chief Statistician of Canada

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